Eyes of Sunset by Briar Richard

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Blue Dasher
Pachydiplax longipennis

The light of sunset did amazing things to this little dasher’s eyes, blending red and aqua green into orange-yellow hues.

Photographed July 13, 2011.

Nikon D90 (on tripod)
Tamron 90mm macro
ISO 100
1/1000 sec


blue dasher, pachydiplax longipennis, dragonfly, dragonflies, predator, compound eyes, wings, briar richard

The observable Universe sprang into existence 13.7 billion years ago, and has evolved to observe itself. In my opinion, there’s no greater event to consider. I enjoy astronomy, photography, and time with my wife and little boy. While capturing and editing photos, I jam to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Air Supply, LMFAO, The Foo Fighters, REM, Barry Manilow, Dr. Dre, Snoop, Duran Duran, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, U2, Boyz to Men, Pearl Jam, Peter Gabriel, Queen, Color Me Badd, and The Beach Boys.

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • Thank you, Ann!!

    – Briar Richard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks, Ray!

    – Briar Richard

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 3 years ago

    16 July 2011 – 1 image per day

    Great capture!

  • Very kind of you to comment, Konstantinos. Thanks!

    – Briar Richard

  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture, Briar. I like the way the head is focused so sharply and the rest of the body fades softly into that creamy background, kind of like the time of day you’re shooting this, when the sun is the sole clear feature on the horizon as the day fades into darkness. Well done!

  • Thanks, Mrs. Bonnie! I was lucky to catch this during the “magic hours” after work.

    – Briar Richard

  • Susana Weber
    Susana Weberabout 3 years ago

    Just beautiful DOF, Brian… wonderful bokeh!!

  • Thanks, Susana! I must give my Tamron credit for the bokeh. : )

    – Briar Richard

  • Rosehaven
    Rosehavenabout 3 years ago

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  • Thanks, Rose! I’m honored to be featured with so many gifted artists!

    – Briar Richard

  • Lancsphoto
    Lancsphotoabout 3 years ago

    Great work and congrats on your feature.

  • Thank you very much for stopping by and commenting, Larry.

    – Briar Richard

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 3 years ago
    A lovely capture . . . .
  • Hi, Lorilee! Thanks very much for your kind words. : )

    – Briar Richard

  • Jimmy Joe
    Jimmy Joeabout 3 years ago

    STUNNING close-up!!!

  • Hello, Gerrard! Thanks for your generous comment!

    – Briar Richard

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 3 years ago

    very good capture

  • Thanks, Antanas! I greatly appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

    – Briar Richard

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